An Open Letter in Response to Ken Rank
From James Scott Trimm
I want to make it clear that this open letter is in keeping with the Facebook "Community Standards".
This is an open letter concerning matters and people of public interest. Ken Rank is the author of several articles from "Messianic Publications" and is scheduled as a speaker at the upcoming MIA/ARI conference, thus he is a person of public interest. The issue of the theological questions discussed here-in are matters of public interest.
This open letter is intended to challenge ideas (theological ideas), institutions (the MIA/ARI and the House of Aaron), events, and practices, not as an attack on others based on their religion.
Ken Rank is one of the scheduled speakers at the upcoming MIA/ARI conference in late August. He has responded to my recent article concerning the MIA/ARI and the House of Aaron (http://nazarenespace.com/profiles/blogs/update-the-plain-truth-about-mia-ari-s-house-of-aaron) saying:
"You attack an honorable man with no first hand facts."
My open response:
First of all this is not attack on Mr. Conrad's honor, this is a sincere theological disagreement. I suspect that on a personal level Mr. Conrad is a great guy.
You say I have no "first hand facts" but my article is almost entirely composed of quotations from materials (websites and printed) published by the MIA/ARI and the "House of Aaron".
The House of Aaron makes a bold claim. The House of Aaron Website says (under “What we Believe”):
"We believe in the literal restoration of lineal Israel in these last days as spoken in the Bible. This restoration, which has already begun, includes the reestablishment of the House of Levi and Aaron through God's messenger Elias (Elijah)."
The House of Aaron website also says (under “Overview”):
"The House of Aaron today has been restored and reactivated beginning with a special calling of Maurice Glendenning, a first-born son of Aaron."
This is a far reaching claim that involves all of us.
Are we not permitted to test these far reaching claims?
The House of Aaron can make the claim and that is acceptable, but if we dare to subject that claim to Scriptural tests (As the Torah REQUIRES us to do in Deut. 13 & Deut. 18) we are then making "an attack on an honorable man"?
Since the "Levitical Writings" are the very revelations Glendenning is supposed to have received from Elijah, is not an examination of those writings a fair test based on "first hand" information?
The facts are:
* The MIA/ARI has a long standing alliance with John Conrad and the House of Aaron. In fact he is scheduled along with you, to be a speaker at the upcoming MIA/ARI conference.
* The MIA/ARI has John Condrad and his wife in a position as "shepherds" directed to “…address the needs of member congregations as well as doctrinal issues that impact the Alliance, and they offer overall suggested guidance for the MIA.”
* John Conrad and the House of Aaron claim to be a restored Aaronic priesthood reactivated beginning with a special calling of Maurice Glendenning through God's messenger Elias (Elijah).
* Glendenning's revelations which he supposedly received from Elijah are recorded in a book called the Levitical Writings which has been published by the House of Aaron.
* The Glendenning's Levitical Writings are filled with false prophecy, unique Mormon doctrines (Baptism for the Dead, Eternal Progression, Sealing for all time and Eternity), other bizarre doctrines (supporting evolutions and reincarnation) and references to the Book of Mormon as truth. Moreover they use unique Mormon terminology and the revelations are numbered beginning at 137 so as to continue the Mormon Doctrine and Covenants which ended at that time at 136 (and this numbering was also supposed to have been directed by Elijah).
The Levitical Writings are false, Glendenning was a false prophet and his alleged restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood through Elijah is equally false.
Since I wrote this article John Conrad publicly stated "We do have in our possession the Levitical Writings and have never made a secret of them. We consider them inspired..."
I had hoped that taking this public this time would finally, after nine years, force the MIA to take a stand against the false prophet, false doctrine and false "restored Aaronic Priesthood" of the House of Aaron.
Yet even now the MIA/ARI seems determined to stick their head in the sand and sweep the matter under the rug.
James Scott Trimm